The Ponder Effect | What do you love about Christmas?
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What do you love about Christmas?

There’s so much about it that’s stressful. And yet, there’s so much about it to love. In this last week of preparations, it would do us well to think upon the specific things that gladden us about the season, whether related to Christmas or Hanukkah or another spiritual celebration.

These may be traditions that we have already undertaken this month or ones that await us on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. They may be memories of things from childhood that continue to sustain us even now. They may be opportunities we have to gather in cheer with loved ones or opportunities we embrace to reach out in kindness to strangers.

Whatever these things may be for you and me, let’s reflect on them, name them, and share them—with loved ones at the dinner table, with people who cross our paths, and here with this group, if you so choose. How wonderful it would be, also, for us to ask someone else what they love about Christmas. Give them the gift of drawing upon the things that bring them great joy.

How we experience this coming week is our choice. The way we approach it individually will inevitably impact the way we experience it collectively. Is it possible that pondering what we love about Christmas is in itself a powerful act of love as well?

And so, what do you love about Christmas?

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8 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    December 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I love the time with family! I love the break from work. I actually kind of like the frenzy up to the actual days, then I love everyone coming together and just being together.

  • Anonymous

    December 16, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Oh so many things! The church bells on Christmas Eve, the stockings by the fire, the sweet treats and boisterous parties, decorating the house and the tree and the cookies. I love to drive at night and see the lights. I love the way my daughter marvels at an ornament. I love sending cards to friends near and far. I like a dance party in the kitchen to Rockin Around the Christmas Tree! I love the Christmas story, which reveals itself in new ways even still. I love the glee, and I love the deep peace.

  • Anonymous

    December 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    There are so many things I love about Christmas! That we spend so much time thinking of others as we rush around trying to find the “perfect” gift. All the beautiful and crazy and fun ways people light up their homes at night. Fixing the one time of the year recipes. Our Christmas tree at night shining in silence and peace when all the other lights are off. The little traditions that are special to our family. All the Christmas music. Gathering all together as a family to laugh with each other and to love each other. And the radiant glow of the altar at the Christmas Eve service where we kneel in awe to accept the gift the Christ Child brings us.

  • Anonymous

    December 20, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Being the first one up in the quiet of the morning with the lights of the tree glowing. This is when I can truly feel Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    December 20, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I love when the focus turns to serving others – whether by hosting parties, giving gifts or acts of service. To me, that is the magic of Christmas. The stories of kindness in the news, the warm feeling of connection when I give to someone less fortunate and the conversations with my children about what Christmas really means.

    Oh and that warm glowing Christmas tree that presides over us from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Especially if coupled with snowflakes dancing outside.

  • Anonymous

    December 20, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Hand made gifts and hand written and drawn letters from innocent kids. Ain’t nothing better!

  • Anonymous

    December 20, 2018 at 11:09 am

    It brings family together, and the family traditions are strengthening to all involved. No matter what is going on In our lives, we all come together with love and caring and forgiveness.

  • Anonymous

    June 1, 2019 at 8:02 am

    “ We have worked hard to make Turnberry a wonderful holiday park and are concerned that customers are put off due to the Trump effect,” Andrew Howe, CEO of park owner Bridge Leisure Parks, said on Tuesday, according to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.